Dear Friends,

Nowadays Halloween has become the focus of much mayhem but in my day Bonfire Night was a much bigger event with the making of a guy from my brother’s old clothes, then of course the bonfire and fireworks.  Not sure a penny for the guy would get you many sweets nowadays.

The particular part of the South East that was home to me for a while celebrates Bonfire Night in big style.  Towns and villages have societies known as the Bonfire Boyes and they dress up in elaborate costumes and have torch-lit processions before the bonfire is lit. It is quite a spectacle. But it isn’t just a bonfire. There is normally at least one effigy. Not just your run of the mill Guy Fawkes but someone who has riled the local community in some way. So it is not surprising that there have been a fair number of politicians on the bonfire.

Bonfire night of course remembers Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up parliament. Within three months of the Gunpowder Plot being discovered, an Act of Parliament was passed on 21st January 1606, to appoint 5th November in each year as a day of thanksgiving for ‘the joyful day of deliverance’.  As we remember the murder of yet another sitting MP, Sir David Amess doing his job in his constituency, perhaps we should take a moment to stop and give thanks for our parliamentary system.  It is of course far from perfect, and it is right that we should continue to hold our MPs and our government to account, but in the midst of writing our letters raising our concern about the cut to Universal Credit, the Environment Bill, Climate Change, the treatment of refugees among the many, many other issues that we are passionate about, let us take a moment to be thankful for those who serve us in local and national government.

I wrote on behalf of the circuit to Damien Moore and Rosie Cooper our Circuit MPs to assure them of our prayers in these difficult times.

Marie-Anne

Church Reviews

Circuit churches have been conducting church reviews over the last few months and the Circuit Leadership Team are grateful for all the hard work that has been going on.  Each church is at a slightly different place, but they will be sharing where they have got to.  This will form the basis of the circuit review and where we put our resources as we move forward in mission.

Liverpool Road, Leyland Road, PPW and Bescar Lane at 7.30 on 22nd November at Leyland Road.

Cornerstone, Ainsdale and Russell Road at 7.30pm on 6th December at Ainsdale.

Hope & Anchor: Tuesdays 12.45-1.15  on the Methodist Church Youtube Channel

Hope & Anchor is a weekly online chat show that explores spirituality and faith in an inclusive and fun way.  Imagine a table at your local pub where friends and strangers meet up and talk about anything and everything, from the frivolous to the sublime – this is the energy of Hope & Anchor. The show features guests from Britain and across the world who are taking faith outside of the box, addressing challenging questions and inviting listeners to explore new spiritual landscapes.

Items for the next newsletter need to be received by 29th November

Live Nativity at Cornerstone – save the date!  4pm on Saturday 11th December.  

If you would like to be involved, contact Sally Eyes 07743 660155 or sallyeyes21@live.co.uk

Autumn Fair at PPW 6th November 11 am – 2 pm: Toys, Books, Jigsaws, Bacon Butties, Soup and cake.

Autumn Sounds 12th November 7pm Leyland Road

A live 5 piece band performing popular music from across the decades.  Including a hotpot supper.  Tickets are available from the church office 01704 536648. In aid of SASWT.

Supper and Quiz: Saturday 13th November 6.45pm at Liverpool Road

Liverpool Road are celebrating the re decoration of the main hall with a supper and quiz evening. Tickets £5 from Sally Eyes on 07743 660155

Brunch 20th November Cornerstone 10-1

Come and enjoy a bacon buttie, soup etc and stock up on homemade cake, pies and jams.

Advent Quiet Day at PPW on November 25th 10-3.30  

Why did he come?  Come and enjoy some quiet time at the beginning of Advent as we begin our journey to Bethlehem with reflections led by Rev. Sue Calveley.  £10.  Bring your own lunch. Please book. Marie-Anne  makent@sky.com  01704 513128

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry has now been launched and running successfully at Liverpool Road on Wednesday mornings. Shoppers arrive between 9-30 and 11-30 am. If churches would be willing to collect donations for the pantry they can be taken to the Victoria Centre on Sussex Road.

Take Time Meditations

Take Time is on the calendar again. The six-week course on the theme of finding internal calm in the busyness of life begins on Thursday 11th November at 6-45 pm on zoom. All welcome.  Please contact Sally Eyes for details: sallyeyes21@live.co.uk    Find Out More

The Bereavement Journey.

The next course will begin on Thursday January 13th at 2pm at Cornerstone in the lounge.  Thank you to those who have been listeners during the sessions. Please consider coming on board with this important ministry.  Find Out More

Messy Church at Lord Street West

Saturday 4th December at 10.30.  Details from Nigel Mawdsley: nigelmawdsley@gmail.com

School Links

With the new academic year well underway, our links with schools have pretty much fully resumed, some via Zoom, others in person such as for assemblies, classroom teaching, or visits by schools to churches.  By the end of this month, we will have engaged some 1,440 children in the Christian faith and multiple times for some of these children.  In some of this work, we have been supported by the Schools Worker Trust for which we are most grateful.  Please continue to pray

Prayer Pointers

For all those attending Food Pantry and the ongoing work at Compassion Acts.

For all those who attended The Bereavement Journey at Leyland Road as they continue to meet.

For opportunities to continue to engage school children in the Good News.

For the congregations at Bescar Lane Methodist Church and St Marks Church, as they continue to share worship together and work towards becoming one church in Scarisbrick.

For the congregations at Ainsdale Methodist Church and Ainsdale Village Church as they continue to explore collaboration together.

Circuit Office:  admin@southportmethodist.org.uk                                                        07538 711317

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